Labor force participation rate for ages 15-24, female (%) (national estimate) - Country Ranking

Definition: Labor force participation rate for ages 15-24 is the proportion of the population ages 15-24 that is economically active: all people who supply labor for the production of goods and services during a specified period.

Source: International Labour Organization, ILOSTAT database. Data retrieved in November 2017.

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Rank Country Value Year
1 Qatar 97.90 2016
2 Iceland 83.50 2016
3 Zimbabwe 82.90 2014
4 Nepal 74.70 2008
5 Uganda 74.60 2013
6 Madagascar 72.90 2015
7 Tanzania 70.40 2014
8 Netherlands 69.20 2016
9 Switzerland 69.00 2016
10 Nauru 68.40 2002
11 Denmark 67.30 2016
12 Lao PDR 67.00 2010
13 Mozambique 66.60 2015
14 Australia 66.40 2016
15 Rwanda 65.20 2014
16 Togo 64.20 2011
17 Canada 64.00 2016
18 Malawi 63.50 2013
19 Cambodia 61.60 2012
20 St. Lucia 60.20 2016
21 New Zealand 60.00 2016
22 Niger 59.20 2011
23 Cayman Islands 59.00 2015
24 Central African Republic 57.80 1988
25 Burundi 57.60 2014
26 United Kingdom 57.50 2016
27 Angola 57.30 2011
28 Chad 57.00 1993
29 Sweden 55.60 2016
29 Mali 55.60 2016
31 Norway 55.20 2016
31 Ethiopia 55.20 2014
33 China 55.10 2010
34 Austria 54.60 2016
35 United States 53.80 2016
36 Vietnam 53.40 2016
37 Cameroon 53.30 2010
37 St. Kitts and Nevis 53.30 1991
39 Finland 53.10 2016
40 Myanmar 52.80 2015
41 Grenada 52.60 1998
41 The Bahamas 52.60 1998
43 Ghana 52.20 2013
44 Guinea 51.90 2002
45 Seychelles 51.30 2015
46 Dem. Rep. Congo 51.00 2005
47 Peru 50.20 2016
47 Vanuatu 50.20 2009
49 Kiribati 49.20 2010
49 Malta 49.20 2016
51 Tajikistan 49.10 2004
52 Israel 48.00 2016
53 Cabo Verde 47.80 1990
54 Benin 47.40 2011
54 Brazil 47.40 2016
54 Germany 47.40 2016
57 Liechtenstein 46.70 2015
58 Antigua and Barbuda 46.30 2001
59 Macao SAR, China 45.80 2016
60 Colombia 45.50 2016
61 Burkina Faso 45.30 2014
62 Paraguay 45.20 2016
63 Japan 45.00 2016
64 Barbados 44.80 2016
65 Equatorial Guinea 43.80 1983
65 Kazakhstan 43.80 2008
67 Congo 43.60 2005
68 Uruguay 42.90 2016
69 Botswana 42.70 2013
69 Belarus 42.70 2009
71 Hong Kong SAR, China 41.40 2015
72 New Caledonia 40.60 2014
73 Estonia 40.40 2016
74 Papua New Guinea 38.80 2010
75 Cyprus 38.50 2016
76 Greenland 38.40 1976
77 Lesotho 37.80 2013
78 Singapore 37.70 2016
79 Ireland 37.30 2016
80 The Gambia 37.20 2012
80 Trinidad and Tobago 37.20 2015
82 St. Vincent and the Grenadines 36.90 2001
83 Indonesia 36.70 2016
84 Belize 36.20 2016
84 Zambia 36.20 2000
86 Latvia 35.90 2016
87 Dominica 35.40 2001
87 Mauritius 35.40 2014
89 Malaysia 35.30 2016
89 Armenia 35.30 2015
91 Kenya 35.20 2005
92 Ecuador 35.10 2016
93 Bolivia 34.70 2015
94 Thailand 34.40 2015
94 Namibia 34.40 2016
94 Korea 34.40 2016
97 Guatemala 34.10 2016
98 France 34.00 2016
99 Honduras 33.80 2016
99 Russia 33.80 2015
99 Sierra Leone 33.80 2014
102 Jamaica 33.30 2016
103 Somalia 33.10 1975
104 Brunei 33.00 2014
105 Haiti 32.90 2005
106 Costa Rica 32.80 2016
107 Nicaragua 32.50 2014
108 Panama 32.30 2016
108 El Salvador 32.30 2016
108 Croatia 32.30 2016
111 Azerbaijan 32.20 2011
112 Côte d'Ivoire 32.10 2016
113 Lithuania 31.80 2016
113 Ukraine 31.80 2015
113 Cuba 31.80 2008
116 Guyana 31.60 2002
117 Spain 31.30 2016
118 Liberia 31.20 2010
118 Mexico 31.20 2016
118 Portugal 31.20 2016
121 Bhutan 31.00 2015
121 Luxembourg 31.00 2016
123 Slovenia 30.60 2016
124 Turkey 30.40 2016
125 Kyrgyz Republic 30.30 2016
126 Philippines 30.20 2016
127 United Arab Emirates 30.10 2008
127 Argentina 30.10 2014
129 Montenegro 29.70 2016
130 Tonga 29.60 1996
131 Chile 29.40 2016
132 Poland 29.00 2016
133 Fiji 28.40 2014
133 Venezuela 28.40 2012
135 Hungary 28.20 2016
136 Dominican Republic 27.80 2006
136 Bahrain 27.80 2015
138 Swaziland 27.50 1997
139 Sudan 26.70 1996
140 Palau 26.40 2005
140 São Tomé and Principe 26.40 1991
142 Czech Republic 26.20 2016
142 Belgium 26.20 2016
144 San Marino 26.00 2016
145 Slovak Republic 24.70 2016
146 Georgia 24.60 2008
147 South Africa 23.60 2016
147 Bangladesh 23.60 2016
149 Serbia 23.40 2016
150 Sri Lanka 23.30 2016
151 Oman 23.20 2003
152 Macedonia 23.00 2016
153 Greece 22.90 2016
154 Italy 22.80 2016
154 Tunisia 22.80 2012
156 Albania 22.60 2015
157 Senegal 22.20 2015
158 Mongolia 21.90 2016
159 Romania 21.80 2016
159 Puerto Rico 21.80 2012
161 Suriname 21.70 2015
162 Nigeria 21.10 2013
163 Pakistan 20.60 2015
164 Egypt 20.30 2016
165 Bulgaria 19.60 2016
166 Jordan 18.90 2004
167 Lebanon 18.10 2007
168 Morocco 17.80 2014
169 Moldova 17.70 2016
170 Samoa 16.30 2014
171 Bosnia and Herzegovina 16.10 2016
172 Gabon 15.90 2010
173 Comoros 15.50 2004
174 India 14.70 2012
175 Kuwait 14.50 2016
176 Timor-Leste 11.40 2013
177 Iran 11.00 2016
178 Libya 10.70 2012
179 Afghanistan 9.60 1979
180 Syrian Arab Republic 9.10 2009
181 Iraq 8.20 2004
181 Saudi Arabia 8.20 2016
183 Algeria 8.00 2016
184 Yemen 4.90 2014
185 Mauritania 3.30 1975
186 Guinea-Bissau 3.10 1979

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Development Relevance: Estimates of women in the labor force and employment are generally lower than those of men and are not comparable internationally, reflecting that demographic, social, legal, and cultural trends and norms determine whether women's activities are regarded as economic. In many low-income countries women often work on farms or in other family enterprises without pay, and others work in or near their homes, mixing work and family activities during the day. In many high-income economies, women have been increasingly acquiring higher education that has led to better-compensated, longer-term careers rather than lower-skilled, shorter-term jobs. However, access to good- paying occupations for women remains unequal in many occupations and countries around the world. Labor force statistics by gender is important to monitor gender disparities in employment and unemployment patterns.

Limitations and Exceptions: Data on the labor force are compiled by the ILO from labor force surveys, censuses, and establishment censuses and surveys. For some countries a combination of these sources is used. Labor force surveys are the most comprehensive source for internationally comparable labor force data. They can cover all non-institutionalized civilians, all branches and sectors of the economy, and all categories of workers, including people holding multiple jobs. By contrast, labor force data from population censuses are often based on a limited number of questions on the economic characteristics of individuals, with little scope to probe. The resulting data often differ from labor force survey data and vary considerably by country, depending on the census scope and coverage. Establishment censuses and surveys provide data only on the employed population, not unemployed workers, workers in small establishments, or workers in the informal sector. The reference period of a census or survey is another important source of differences: in some countries data refer to people's status on the day of the census or survey or during a specific period before the inquiry date, while in others data are recorded without reference to any period. In countries, where the household is the basic unit of production and all members contribute to output, but some at low intensity or irregularly, the estimated labor force may be much smaller than the numbers actually working. Differing definitions of employment age also affect comparability. For most countries the working age is 15 and older, but in some countries children younger than 15 work full- or part-time and are included in the estimates. Similarly, some countries have an upper age limit. As a result, calculations may systematically over- or underestimate actual rates.

Statistical Concept and Methodology: The labor force is the supply of labor available for producing goods and services in an economy. It includes people who are currently employed and people who are unemployed but seeking work as well as first-time job-seekers. Not everyone who works is included, however. Unpaid workers, family workers, and students are often omitted, and some countries do not count members of the armed forces. Labor force size tends to vary during the year as seasonal workers enter and leave.

Aggregation method: Weighted average

Periodicity: Annual

General Comments: The series for ILO estimates is also available in the WDI database. Caution should be used when comparing ILO estimates with national estimates.